The Nature Remedy

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

You know that great saying, “Holding on to hatred and revenge and anger is like taking poison and hoping it kills the other person?” Yeh. We’re the ones who implode and ultimately die from keeping those abhorrent toxins tucked inside […]

Rock Wall Reflections…

Life is the sum of all your choices. ~Albert Camus

What was it about that wall that caused me to turn around and photograph it? Tucked along a quiet street it faced me. And I suddenly got it. “That is me,” I thought. A jigsaw puzzle of large and minuscule chunks of life each settled […]

Rooting for the Aspen…

“Maybe you are searching among branches for what only appears in the roots.” – Rumi

I’ve always been so drawn to them—Aspen trees. Their beauty bedazzles. You have to stop and stare. On our recent travels to the rocky majesty of Crested Butte, Colorado, my husband Pete and I did just that, forced to look […]

Palm Trees, Tai Chi and Me…

“A tree that is unbending is easily broken.” Lao Tzu

I don’t know if it’s the sound or the sight of them that I love most. From my vantage point, the graceful palms dance to the blustery winds outside the windows. High atop the fourth floor of our apartment we’re […]

A Butterfly Moment

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” Rabindranath Tagore

Kaio’s mama shouted for us to enjoy the delicate beauty of the little butterfly before it flew away. My five-year-old grandson, Kaio, and I ran over to witness the tiny beauty at our feet. None of us breathed as we watched her […]

Rock `n Roll Rose

I had to grab my camera and preserve the beauty of that extraordinary rose growing right smack in the midst of massive river rocks circling in every direction. There it was seemingly oblivious to its bouldery surroundings and—from my point of view—kinda taking it all for granite. In fact the rose was all the more […]

The Power of Pod Potential

Periodically along my daily walks I find one lying on the path. Knocked off from its stem, separated from the rest of its floral family, a singular flower pod awaits its final ending. Kicked aside or simply left to wither in the hot sun it rests vulnerable and alone. I rarely can resist gathering up […]

Nature’s Purrrfect Comfort-Seekers: Cats…

As I greet the new day, flinging back blinds and opening windows, letting in the morning light and fresh new morning breath, Boo and Scout seek the first patches of sunshine streaking across the floor. They follow it at the sides of chairs and beds. Across the laptop. Next to the screen door. Filtering onto […]

Uplifting Life Lessons from Geese

I keep files and files of weathered articles and clippings and letters that have inspired me through the years. There’s even more inspiring files kept in my computer. This is one that I recently re-discovered as I was sorting all my boxes of stuff from one box into another while preparing for […]

Nuts to Worry! These Nature Teachers Make Saving Fun

For years now I’ve been receiving continuous online wisdom from “DailyOm” ( There’s something in just about each one of these wise words that offers a quiet “aha moment.” I want to share this one in particular with you, entitled “Squirrel Medicine.” Squirrels are delightful Nature Teachers who can teach […]